Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Daily painting #39

Bowl of Cherries
5 x 7 inch oil
It has been over a month since my last bowl of Cherries, so here is another one. This is a different bowl than last time, and its a bit bigger, but so were the cherries! they were huge and very tasty, I ate far too many of them.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Daily painting #38

Packham Pear with Cherry
5 x 7 inch oil
Another Pear and Cherry for today's painting. Until I started painting fruit daily I didn't realise there were so many different varieties of  fruits, this is my third variety of Pear, this one is Packham.
This Pear variety is very small compared to conference pears, not very tall, but very wide and sort of stubby, the stalks are also very long for such a small pear.
I will be painting another bowl of cherries next, similar to the first one I did in my first week of daily painting, but with a different bowl.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Daily painting #37

Lemon with Cherry
5 x 7 inch oil
For today's painting I just had to use a Lemon again, I love all the ripe fruit that is available at this time of year, but a lot of it is red, so I needed a colour change!.
The more I paint Lemons the more I am growing to love them, I had quite a struggle with yellow things when I first started oil painting just over a year ago.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Daily painting #36

Raspberry Trio
5 x 7 inch oil

More Raspberries for today's painting. These Raspberries are from our garden, we have a fantastic crop of them again this year, some of them are huge, and they taste great, after painting them this afternoon we had stewed Raspberries with home made meringues and ice cream, lovely!
Coming up this week, more Cherries, Lemons and another Pear variety.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Daily painting #35

Half Cut Pom
5 x 7 inch oil on canvas board

I quite like painting Pomegranates, I love the colour of them. I have been meaning to paint a cut Pom for a while, but all the pips looked a bit of a challenge! so this is my first painting of a cut open Pomegranate.
I used Permanent Rose and Permanent Alizarin Crimson for the pips.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Daily painting #34

Nectarine and Strawberry
5 x 7 inch oil on canvas board
Another new fruit for me to paint today. This is my first ever painting of a Nectarine, I am happy with how it has turned out for my first go at it, the Strawberry is one of the last few ready in the garden.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Daily painting #33

Raspberries with Cider Bottle
5 x 7 inch oil on canvas board
For today's painting I had another go at painting Raspberries, this is only my second time painting them, they are quite fiddly to paint this small and I had to use one of my new small brushes, I am a bit of a brush collector, I have lots of brushes, but usually end up using the same few.
For the Raspberries I used a mix of  Permanent Rose and Winsor red.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Daily painting #32

Pear with Raspberries
5 x 7 inch oil on canvas board

The Raspberries are ready in the garden, so I had to paint them today. This is the first time I have ever painted Raspberries, I think they turned out ok. This was the last of the Forelle pears for the moment, the next pears coming up will be the conference variety, I find them much nicer to eat than these.
There will be more Raspberry paintings coming up soon.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Daily painting #31

Pomegranate and Lime
5 x 7 inch oil on canvas board
Two great fruits for today's painting,  I was a bit unsure that they would go together as a pair, the colours and shape look good together, but does pomegranate and lime taste good together? I don't know so I googled it. I found quite a few recipes, some Cocktails, Ice Cream and Vinaigrette. I even found there is a shop in Mariemont Cincinnate USA called Pomegranate and Lime.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Daily painting #30

Lime Wedges in Blue bowl
5 x 7 inch oil

I got this great little Blue bowl from the car boot sale in Chirk a few weeks ago, its a good size to go with small fruit, The painting I did with Lemon wedges was popular so I hope this one will be also.
I haven't really planned the next few paintings, I will see what catches my eye shopping tomorrow. I will be painting Raspberries soon though as they are just coming ready in the garden.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Daily painting #29

Avocado halves
5 x 7 inch Oil on canvas board
I know I painted Avocado yesterday, but as I am painting these daily paintings from life and not from photo's, I had to paint it again before it went too discoloured, I totally smothered these halves in lemon juice so they kept ok for me to paint this morning.
I will be spending tomorrow priming more boards ready for the next few weeks, so I will be listing my next painting on Ebay on Sunday.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Daily painting #28

5 x7 inch oil on canvas board
This is my third painting for the day. I really enjoyed painting this Avocado, its a bit more painterly in style than usual, but this was my first go at an Avocado.

Daily painting #27

Scotch Bonnet Chili
5 x 7 inch oil
I found these chillies in Sainsbury in Rhyl yesterday, I haven't seen them  in our Tesco in Ruthin so I just had to get them, 4 in a pack for a pound. I will  not be using these for cooking / eating, far too hot for me! there is even a safety warning on the packet! It was a nice change  to use some Orange  paint, I dont use it very often. I think there will be a few more chillies paintings coming up soon as I have a few of them in lots of colours.

Daily painting #26

Lemon and Lime
5 x 7 inch Oil on canvas board
I have missed a couple of days daily painting so I have been busy today and got three finished! The first one here is Lemon and Lime, always a good combination, I had a bit of a job to get the lemon to stay balanced on the lime, it toppled over a few times, but in the end it stayed put long enough to paint it.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Daily painting #25

Pear with Cherry
5 x 7 inch oil
Two of my favourite things to paint! As I have said before I love painting cherries and these forelle pears,also called blush pears are great as the colours on each one are so different, this one has gone much redder in the last couple of days, so I shall be eating this one tomorrow, they are lovely and sweet. Still undecided as to what to paint next, I will post on twitter when I have decided tomorrow.

Daily painting #24

Mango, Grapes and Plum
5 x 7 inch oil
This was yesterdays painting, I was so tired last night I couldn't stay up long enough to blog.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

My First Exhibit

Granny 4139
30 x 30 cm oil

This was my entry to The Artist and Leisure painter Open Annual Competition held at Patchings art centre Calverton, Nottingham. This was my first ever competition, so I was over the moon to be selected for exhibition.

here it is on the wall

 Although I didn't win any of the main awards you can still vote for my painting in The Peoples Choice Award. Click here to Vote

We had a great day out at the arts festival and saw and met some great Artists, It well worth the long journey. I am already thinking what to paint for next year!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Daily painting #23

Cherries on cloth
5 x 7 inch oil on canvas board
I do really love painting Cherries, so here is another one. I used Paynes Grey for the background instead of the usual dark brown or black, The lighter background makes the red stand out more and also goes well with the white cloth. I think the next few paintings will have some cloth in them for a change.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Daily painting #22

Sharon fruit with cherries
5 x 7 inch oil on canvas board

For today's painting I had Sharon fruit and cherries. I had to rearrange my still life set up today to fit this one on my desk, I rescued this part of an old crate from a pile of stuff Dad had  ready to go to the tip. the wood is quite fragile in patches and there a few rusty nails in one end, but it makes a nice little corner to put stuff in.
I haven't bought sharon fruit before so I am looking forward to see what it tastes like, my box of cherries on the other hand is emptying quite quickly as I keep munching on them as I paint.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Daily painting #21

Fig with Strawberries
5 x 7 inch oil on canvas board

Some Strawberries from the garden for today's painting, and my last fig. I'm not to sure about figs, I think this one looks too much like an onion!, but that's what it was like, I just paint things as I see them. I have never bought fresh figs before, and I don't think I shall be buying them again for a while.
I have now reached the end of my third week of daily paintings and about my sixth week of self employment as an artist, Thank you to everyone supporting and encouraging me in my new venture.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Daily painting #20

Red Chili
5 x 7 oil on canvas board

So far I have only painted fruit for my daily paintings, so it was time for a change, I really like the look of these little chillies, I do get a few funny looks in the supermarket when I am looking through all the little bags of mixed chillies trying to find the best shaped ones. I must admit I did have to use a bit of blu-tac behind this one to stop it falling over whilst I was painting it.

Daily painting #19

Pear with Strawberry
7 x 5 oil on canvas board

I decided not to paint figs again today, so went back to fruit I enjoy painting! I have a big bag full of these forelle pears and each one is so different in its colouring, I love painting them. The Strawberry is from the garden, its only one of the few so far that I have saved for painting, they smell lovely and have all been eaten very quickly, they taste so much better than the ones Tesco. Something else thinks these strawberries are lovely, I went down the garden to the polytunnel this evening and found about a dozen half nibbled berries!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Daily painting #18

Fig Trio
5 x 7 inch oil on canvas board
I have never painted Figs before, so here is my first attempt. They have a funny sort of colour to them, not quite purple or red and with a bit of green in patches. I think these will only last another day before I will have to eat them so I may try another painting with them tomorrow.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Daily painting #17

Sour  Grapes
5 x 7 oil on canvas board
Lemons seem to be popular at the moment so here is another one, I think I am getting the hang of painting them now, I was having trouble getting the shaded yellow colour right, and just ending up with a dirty looking lemon, but they do say practice makes perfect so I will keep trying. This is about my third go at painting red grapes, I am slowly building up to bigger bunches!
Lots more fruit coming up in the next week, I bought a basket full today, I even splashed out on some figs, they were quite expensive for 3 such small fruit so I better not make a mess of them.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Daily painting #16

Forelle pear with red grapes
5 x 7 inch oil on canvas board

I just had to paint this pear again, as I said in my previous post we can't always get a great variety of fruit in a small town. This is only my second time I have painted red grapes, I have been putting it off! I do feel a bit intimidated by grapes! I think they turned out well.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Daily painting #15

Forelle Pears
5 x 7 inch oil on canvas board

I have never painted Forelle pears before and they were quite a challenge. They are such a different shape and colour to conference pears that I am used to, they have quite a striking line between the colours, its like two different pears have been cut in half and then stuck back together the wrong way. They were fun to paint though and I have tomorrows painting planned, it will be a pear and red grapes. These pears are not always available in the small supermarkets we have in Ruthin so I will make the most of them.

I think I will be painting strawberries again very soon as today we picked the first crop from the garden, didn't have time to paint them as we ate them all and they were fantastic

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Daily painting #14

Plum trio
5 x7 oil on canvas board
Well I have survived my first two official weeks of daily painting!.
Day 14, Plums, I quite like painting plums, the colours are great, from very dark purple to pink and a bit of orange. These plums were just on my breadboard with the sun in the afternoon casting great shadows. I have some great Forelle pears for tomorrow.


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